GRAD'UATE, verb transitive [Latin gradus, a degree.]
1. To honor with a degree or diploma, in a college or university; to confer a degree on; as, to graduate a master of arts.
2. To mark with degrees, regular intervals, or division; as, to graduate a thermometer.
3. To form shades or nice differences.
4. To raise to a higher place in the scale of metals.
5. To advance by degrees; to improve.
Dyers advance and graduate their colors with salts.
6. To temper; to prepare.
Diseases originating in the atmosphere act exclusively on bodies graduated to receive their impressions.
7. To mark degrees or differences of any kind; as, to graduate punishment.
8. In chimistry, to bring fluids to a certain degree of consistency.
GRAD'UATE, verb intransitive To receive a degree from a college or university.
1. To pass by degrees; to change gradually. Sandstone which graduates into gneiss, Carnelian sometimes graduates into quartz.
GRAD'UATE, noun One who has received a degree in a college or university, or from some professional incorporated society.